The Parish were recently contacted by Flying Saucer TV regarding an upcoming Garden SOS TV show.
They are looking for people who are struggling to keep on top of their garden and have let it become overgrown and a bit of a junkyard, for a brand new TV show ‘Filthy Garden SOS’. They are filming March 2021 and have a team of experts ready to tackle unloved gardens that need our help.
Funding for Disabled Play Equipment
Widdrington Station & Stobswood Parish Council receive funding of £6000 from Druridge Bay ward councillor Scott Dickinson and partnership. This funding will assist the Parish Council with installing disabled access play equipment in our park.
Cllr Michelle Willougby, of Widdrington Station Parish Council, said: “2020 has been a challenging time for everyone – the need for support between our parishes has never been so important.
“We all, as parish councils, had planned events for the year, which sadly had to be cancelled. The Covid crisis called for us all to look long and hard at how best we could create a safe and supportive net around our residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
“One of our planned projects was the installation of some specialist equipment in our beautiful park.
Scott Dickinson said: “As soon as I heard about the Widdrington Station Parish Council's plans to install disabled access play equipment in their park, I was keen to offer some help.
“Play is vital for all children and should be accessible for every young person, and I very much value the relationship I have with the parish council. “We work together to benefit local people and make sure they are safe and well looked after.”
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Widdrington Station & Stobswood Get Xmas Ready!
Widdrington Station & Stobswood are in the Christmas spirit, the village is looking lovely with its Christmas tree and decorated houses. Just a shame we could not all get together for carol singing this year due to Covid-19
New Bus Shelters
The bus shelters in and around Widdrington Station were starting to show their age and the foundations were starting to give way leaving them unsafe.
The Parish voted to have the bus shelters removed and replaced with new top of the range bus shelters that are also vandal proof.
Widdrington Station & Stobswood Food Bank
The Widdrington Station & Stobswood food bank was initially created during the first Covid-19 lockdown as part of the Parish Councils response to the crisis and to support those isolating or vulnerable.
It has now become its own vital part of the community with support from dedicated volunteers and the wider community.
The food bank has been setup to support all ages in need, whether this is during Covid-19 isolation, school holidays to ensure children have the food they need or whether its a longer term solution to support you/your family during a period of hard times.
We average 25 food parcels a week and are now looking at how we can sustain this venture next year.
We have formed a committee and a constitution will be drawn up going forward along with close working with other food banks in the area.
Gareth is supported by the Parish Council, his Wife and team of fantastic volunteers whilst also having various businesses across the area donating items.
The Village Scarecrows
During the Covid-19 lockdown one of our fantastic residents decided to make their own scarecrow to recongnise the hard work that all of our key workers were doing.
This soon became a big hit in the village with 100s of scarecrows starting to pop up and eventually it was on national news and several other villages/towns across the UK followed suit.
Delivery drivers loved driving through the village seeing the creations and often stopped to take pictures - this certainly brighted us all up.
Big well done to our residents during such a difficult time!
Widdrington Station & Stobswood Self Isolation Support
During the Covid-19 lock down the Parish Council formed a small support team made up of volunteers from the village.
The team assisted anyone who was self isolating due to having tested positive for Covid-19 or because they have underlying health conditions.
The team assisted with shopping, getting doctors perscriptons and by being their for residents to talk to during the long lock down.
The group is very much still active and has assisted residents after the 1st lock down and into the 2nd lock down.
TO ADHERE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 PANDEMIC INSTUCTIONS, THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS HELD BY THE PARISH COUNCIL FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE UNTIL THE RESTRICTIONS ARE WITHDRAWN.
MANY COUNCIL'S ARE INFORMALY CONDUCTING THEIR BUSINESS USING A VARIETY OF MEANS IN THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGING IN THE USE OF EMAILS AND MICROSOFT TEAM TO HOST PARISH MEETINGS AND TO REVIEW ITEMS REQUIRING THE COUNCIL'S APPROVAL.
THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE VOLUNTEERS IN THE PARISH WHO ARE HELPFULLY ENSUREING THAT ASSISTANCE IS GIVEN TO RESIDENTS THAT REQUIRE HELP.
RICHARD A SMITH - PARISH COUNCIL CLERK.
A commemorative stone was unveiled at a ceremony in Widdrington Station to mark the 100th Anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to James Bulmer Johnson.
The ceremony was organised by Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council and Northumberland County Council, marking the unveiling of the commemorative stone in recognition of the World War 1 Second Lieutenant.